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Korea to participate in IAEA efforts on safety over Fukushima water release

Yoshihide Suga

South Korea will take active part in efforts by the UN nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to verify safety related to Japan’s release of radioactive water into the sea, an official said Thursday, April 15, 2021. Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of japan Japan announced earlier this week it would start disposing of more than 1.2 million tonnes of ...

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Fresh oil spill reported from Shell facility in Bayelsa

oil spill

Community sources in Ikarama community have reported a new case of oil spill along Shell Petroleum Development Company’s (SPDC) Okordia-Rumekpe Trunk Line or TransNiger Trunk Line. The spill reportedly occurred on April 6, 2021. Spilled crude oil spreading around the spill site According to community folks, the spill occurred as Shell was flushing the pipeline, an act otherwise described as ...

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Farmers to get insect-resistant, high yielding cowpea this season, says NABDA

Abdullahi Mustapha

Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 has said that the recently released and commercialised Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) cowpeas will get to Nigerian farmers this planting season. Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) The PBR cowpeas were released by the Federal Government to facilitate high yield of the crop ...

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After intensive scrutiny, stakeholders approve Nigeria’s revised climate plan draft document

Stakeholders’ Validation Meeting

A three-day intensive parley on the validation of a Draft document on Nigeria’s Green House Gas Emission projection for the next five years, and its revised Nationally Determined Contributions on climate change, has climaxed with a unanimous approval of the draft. A group discussion session at the Stakeholders’ Validation Meeting But the milestone was not achieved without some rigour, as ...

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Cambodia, Burundi, Cameroon ratify Minamata Convention

Monika Stankiewicz

Cambodia, Burundi and Cameroon in recent weeks ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary of the Minamata Convention on Mercury On March 10, 2021, the Government of Cameroon deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 128th Party to the Convention. The Government of Burundi brought to 129 the number of parties to the Minamata Convention when on ...

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Take second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, UNICEF urges Nigerians

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged those who received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Astrazeneca vaccine, to take second dose for stronger immunity against the virus. Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Mrs Elizabeth Onitolo, UNICEF Communication for Development (C4D) Specialists, made the call in Yola on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at a three-day media dialogue on Immunisation, Post-polio Certification and COVID-19 ...

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Pacific Islands Forum urges Japan to rethink decision to discharge nuclear wastewater

Dame Meg Taylor

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) has expressed deep concern over Japan’s decision to dump wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, urging officials to rethink the decision. Secretary-General, Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), Dame Meg Taylor The submission is contained in a statement on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 by the PIF, calling Japan to rethink on the discharge of ...

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Lagos to incorporate waste management in school curriculum


The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is collaborating with the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) to incorporate waste management in primary school curriculum. Managing Director, LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, with some school children at the event Speaking at the inaugural training of teachers, with the theme: ”Waste Education in the 21st Century”, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in ...

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NiMet DG becomes Nigerian Permanent Representative to WMO

Prof Mansur Matazu

The Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Mansur Matazu, has become Nigeria’s Permanent Representative at the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Mansur Matazu A statement signed by Mr Muntari Ibrahim, NiMet’s General Manager of Public Relations, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Abuja, said the appointment was in line ...

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Groups want Land Use Act expunged from Constitution


Three civil society organisations (CSOs) have advocated an amendment of the Nigeria Constitution to exclude the Land Use Act from the document. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) The CSOs made the advocacy in a communique issued on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Abuja after a roundtable on “The Abuse of the Land Use Act and Economic ...

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